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New Staff Member! Emily Blair, Associate Editor

We are excited to announce that Emily Blair has joined cahoodaloodaling as an  Associate Editor!

Emily is a queer Appalachian poet and blue-collar scholar. Originally from Fort Chiswell, Virginia (you may have stopped there for gas once), she now lives in central North Carolina, where she teaches first-year writing, literature, and creative writing at a community college. She earned a BA in Creative Writing and Literature from Virginia Tech and an MA in English from the University of Louisville before settling in the Tar Heel State, where she lives with her perfect precious baby cat Plum and all the houseplants that Plum has not yet managed to eat.

Emily’s first published chapbook, WE ARE BIRDS, explored queer relationships and intimacy. She is currently working on a collection of prose poems about queerness, Appalachia, body horror, and her family, all of which have more in common than she originally anticipated. She also writes a monthly column for Boshemia Magazine. More of her published works and information about her can be found on her website, emilyblairpoet.com.

When she isn’t teaching, reading, or writing, she enjoys cooking, exploring North Carolina with her partner and their dog, and trying to find the best lox bagel in the south. She’s always up for recommendations on the bagel part.



New Staff Member! Tiegan Dakin, Feature Contributor

Tiegan Dakincahoodaloodaling is excited to announce that Tiegan Dakin is joining our staff as a feature contributor! Tiegan will be curating a quarterly interview series of spoken word poets focused on poetry which does important work with social injustices. Look for her first interview in our upcoming issue, Trigger Warning, due out April 20th!

Tiegan Dakin is an emerging teenage writer and artist currently residing in Australia. Her work has previously appeared in Blue Bonnet Review, Squawk Back, The Legendary, and Gravel Literary Journal. She has also been shortlisted for the Poetry Object 2014 and 2015 contests.

Tiegan blogs on her blog, Harbour, and writes articles for Perth-based Avenoir Magazine in between her studies.

If she’s not sitting in front of her computer at home, you will probably find Tiegan riding her bike around town or visiting the local library to borrow books like I’m Watching You by Karen Rose, or a more challenging literary classic.

Brenda Shaughnessy’s poem, “Artless,” perfectly sums up her life story.


New Staff Member! Prasanna Surakanti, Feature Contributor

IMG_1215cahoodaloodaling is excited to announce that Prasanna Surakanti, from our third issue, is joining our staff as a feature contributor!

Prasanna’s work has previously appeared in Terracotta Typewriter, Ignite, Orion headless, Urban Confustions, Magic Cat Press, The Applicant, The BluePrint Review, Spillway, cahoodaloodaling, the anthology Something’s Brewing (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), and the collaborative chapbook The Motion in Motive, among others.

Prasanna’s reader self is best summed up by the first few paragraphs of Ben Dolan’s essay, “Crafting a Nonfiction Ending When Your Subject Isn’t Dead Yet.”

When she is not tweeting about something great that she just read, she is looking for that something that prompts her to write. To find out how those missions end, read our review of her collection Family Forever.

If you are in the Baltimore area Mid Feb-March, her collaborative work with artist Janet Little Jeffers in The Light Ekphrastic will be on display at David Mikow Art Gallery.



“Prasanna’s Parrot Picks & Prompts” will spotlight work from our sister journals at Sundress Publications: Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Stirring, and Wicked Alice.

Much like the astrology practiced in Telangana in which a parrot is used to pick some cards as luck for the customer, Prasanna hopes her picks will bring luck (and inspiration) to our readers.

Our first installment of “Prasanna’s Parrot Picks & Prompts” will be out at the end of the month!